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Aid parents in supporting kids

June 22, 2020

Exposure to intimate partner violence is one of the most common forms of child maltreatment. Recent studies suggest that one of the best ways to help children in this situation is to help the abused caregiver, for example, to obtain safe housing and to learn strategies to address children’s emotional and behavioural challenges. For more information, see Vol. 6, No. 4 of the Children’s Mental Health Research Quarterly.


National Indigenous Peoples Day in Canada takes place June 21

June 15, 2020

June 21 marks National Indigenous Peoples Day in Canada — a day to recognize and celebrate the heritage and cultures of First Nations, Inuitand Métis Indigenous children have experienced, and still experience, the negative legacy of colonialism. But many Indigenous children remain resilient. While these numbers need to be improved, a recent survey of nearly 5,000 First Nations youth in Canada found that more than half reported having very good or excellent mental health. For more information, see Vol. 12, No. 2, page 5 of the Children’s Mental Health Research Quarterly.


Most study participants had faced long-term health conditions

June 8, 2020

Most participants in the BC Healthy Connections Project reported coping with long-term health conditions that affected their day-to-day lives. Nearly half (47%) reported having mental health problems including severe anxiety or depression. Many also reported prenatal substance use including nicotine/cigarettes (27%), cannabis (21%), alcohol (2%) and other street drugs (1%).

 

 


CBT can prevent depression in children

June 1, 2020

Childhood depression can often be prevented. In particular, when young people are offered effective interventions, like Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, it is possible to stop depression from developing.For more information, see Vol. 11, No. 3 of the Children’s Mental Health Research Quarterly.


Nearly half of study participants had faced homelessness

May 25, 2020

Participants in the BC Healthy Connections Project were selected based on experiencing socioeconomic disadvantage — and therefore have struggled financially. Most (83%) in fact were living on less than $20,000 pre-tax annually. Related to this, nearly half (47%) had also experienced homelessness at some time in their lives, and a third (34%) had had to move three or more times in the past year.